VP, Just Societies


We work with people and communities to create enduring solutions for just societies and a healthy, resilient natural world. Over our nearly 60-year history, we have worked with thousands of organizations and leaders in the U.S. and worldwide to advance progress in the critical areas of science, ocean and land conservation, climate change, women’s reproductive health and rights, and the well-being of children, families, and communities. At a time of multiple, intertwined crises globally and here in the U.S., the Packard Foundation began in 2021 a long-planned review of our grantmaking strategies. The first step of our process was to rearticulate our vision and mission, reexamine our organizational values, and create a strategic framework that builds on and honors the Packard Foundation’s past while advancing justice and equity in all that we do.


A just and equitable world where both people and nature flourish.

Our new vision embraces a future where both people and nature flourish in a more just and equitable world. We explicitly acknowledge that the fate of people and the natural environment are inextricably linked. Solutions to the complex challenges we face must account for this interconnectedness.


We work with people and communities to create enduring solutions for just societies and a healthy, resilient natural world.

Our new mission takes on the critical work of addressing root causes of the challenges we face and mobilizing people for collective action. In addition to building on approaches that have guided our philanthropy for decades — working in partnership, committing to issues over the long-term, and grounding our work in science, knowledge, and data – we focus on understanding the systems that either accelerate or impede progress. It is only through just and equitable systems that we can find and sustain solutions to some of the biggest challenges we face today.


Equity, Integrity, Belief in Individual Leadership, Thinking Big, Respect, and Effectiveness.

In addition to clarifying our long-held values, we added equity. We will champion equity by treating people with dignity, honoring a range of ideas and perspectives from those closest to the issues, creating inclusive processes, and funding people who have been historically excluded to spur progress for all. For more information, including our definitions of key concepts, please visit our website.


The new Vice President will build out a team to support new initiatives in addition to the current direct reports:

  • Director, Reproductive Health
  • Director, Organizational Effectiveness
  • Director, Equity & Justice Grantmaking
  • Director, Democracy, Rights & Governance

The Vice President, Just Societies is a new role in the Foundation, created as a result of the Foundation’s updated Mission, Vision, and Values framework, that will recognize and support a portfolio aimed at foundational solutions for driving justice and equity in the US and abroad, through an integrated, intersectional approach. The Vice President will oversee two existing portfolios (Reproductive Health and Organizational Effectiveness) and build out new initiatives towards the goal of a just and equitable world. These new initiatives include racial justice in the U.S. and democracy, rights & governance (DRG) in the U.S.

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Vice President will work closely with leaders of two other strategic pillars: Natural World and Families & Communities. Together, this team – along with the CEO and the Executive Team – will shepherd the Foundation’s reorganization and usher in a more collaborative approach to grantmaking.


  • Serve as the key thought leader, enabler and champion – both internally and externally – for the Packard Foundation’s effort to build Just Societies
  • Collaborate with senior leaders to execute on the Foundation’s strategic direction with an eye to its Mission, Vision, and Values. Specifically, partner closely with fellow Vice Presidents of Natural World and Families & Communities to drive collaboration, generate new ideas, and support the strategic direction of the Foundation
  • Manage, develop and support an organization through a time of change and evolution. Cultivate a climate of diversity, equity, inclusion, innovation and collaboration within the team and across the Foundation
  • Bring a nuanced understanding of many of the issues that fall under the Just Societies portfolio: reproductive health, organizational effectiveness, racial justice in the U.S., sexual and reproductive health and rights domestically and abroad, and DRG in the U.S.

Pivotal Experience & Expertise

  • Credibility & Vision – Broad, global, intellectual expertise on the content that falls under the Just Societies portfolio: reproductive health, organizational effectiveness, racial justice in the U.S., sexual and reproductive health and rights domestically and abroad, and DRG in the U.S. An understanding of how these areas are connected and how they connect to Packard’s vision, mission, and values.
  • Innovation/Change Management – Proven success building and leading a team through change and driving innovation to enhance an organization’s capacity and impact, including both ideation and implementation. A track record of upholding diversity, equity, and inclusion as values within organizations.
  • Operational Excellence – Successful leadership in an organization of relevant size, complexity and stature. Experience working across teams in a complex, matrixed environment. Budget and people management experience.

Culture Fit & Impact

  • Inspirational Leadership – Effectively leads by empowering staff to inspire confidence. Acts as a unified force who is a champion for their team. Motivates and inspires followership to achieve ambitious goals.
  • Collaborating and Influencing – Effectively collaborates and engages across all stakeholder groups through sophisticated influencing strategies. Proven track record building relationships, both internally and externally.
  • Mission Orientation – Dedication to Packard’s vision, mission, and values. Personal and professional alignment to Just Societies’ issue areas and a drive to further impact.
  • Commitment to DEI – Proven commitment to championing DEI in an organization and a track record of cultural agility.


The Packard Foundation’s current Hybrid Work Policy is that staff are expected to be in the office on Tuesdays and Wednesdays each week and may work remotely on Monday, Thursday and Friday.


The David and Lucile Packard Foundation requires that all staff be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, except as required by law. Any employment offer will be contingent upon satisfactory proof that you are fully vaccinated from COVID-19, subject to reasonable accommodations for medical or religious reasons, and/or as otherwise required by applicable law.


The position is full-time, exempt. Offers are based on the candidate’s years of experience and our practice of upholding salary equity within the foundation.


Nominations and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please send a resume and cover letter (non-pdf) to: PackardVPJS@heidrick.com.

The David Lucile and Packard Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ applicants. The David Lucile and Packard Foundation lives the values it supports. Our green headquarters is net zero energy and LEED® Platinum. Our bathrooms are gender neutral. Employees get a full week of paid time each year to volunteer with a non-profit of their choice. The Foundation also has a generous donation matching program for staff.

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